European stocks retreat after U.S. economic reports
European stocks pulled back after some economic reports in the U.S. came in better than expected, raising doubts about whether the Federal Reserve will be able to slow its pace of monetary tightening soon.
While European stocks pared back some of their earlier gains after some stronger-than-expected economic data came out of the United States, many investors are still optimistic about the prospects for the region. With the Fed now appearing less likely to raise rates as quickly as previously thought, this could provide a boost to European stocks in the near-term.
The Stoxx Europe 600 Index rose today, after US job data showed a solid labor market. The Fed's next decision will be closely watched, as it could signal whether or not interest rates will rise.
It is clear that the Fed is not ready to pivot to a dovish stance on monetary policy just yet, according to Ronald Temple of Lazard Asset Management. The job openings data, when considered alongside nonfarm payroll growth, indicates that the Fed still has some work to do in terms of reigning in inflationary pressures. With this in mind, it is likely that the Fed will keep interest rates relatively high for the foreseeable future in order to maintain a tight monetary policy stance.
The positive Chinese economic data and signs of reopening in the Asian nation were a boost for European equities Tuesday. China-exposed sectors such as luxury and mining led the gains, with copper rebounding and iron ore snapping six days of declines. Battered sectors such as retail and real estate were also among the biggest gainers. BP Plc climbed after announcing a further $2.5 billion buyback.
The economic outlook in Europe is looking rosier by the day, with key benchmarks posting healthy gains in October. This bodes well for the rest of the year, particularly as central banks are meeting this week to discuss monetary policy. With the Fed, BoE, and Norges Bank all on the agenda, investors are hopeful that further stimulus measures will be announced. This would provide a much-needed boost to the global economy and could help to sustain the recent market momentum.
It is encouraging to see that despite remaining in a contraction, China's Caixin PMI data has topped forecasts. This has led to a rally in Asian equities, with tech shares leading the charge. The Bank of Australia's decision to raise interest rates by a quarter-percentage point is in line with expectations and signals further tightening to come. This is in contrast to projections for another jumbo hike from the Fed.
I think it's fair to say that both the US and UK governments are now looking to tax oil companies more heavily in order to raise revenue. This is likely to be an unpopular move with the general public, but it seems that the government feels it is necessary in order to balance the books.
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